Here is An Easy Recipe for Falafel. Falafel is a dish eaten throughout the Middle East that is becoming increasingly popular around the world. They are like a vegetarian meat ball without the meat and can be used where ever meal balls are called for. In the Middle East it is often stuffed into warm pita bread and served with a little garlicky yogurt sauce or tahini. Elsewhere it could be served in a hero roll with a little pasta sauce. At parties Falafel can be served with any number of different sauces.
3/4 cup dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1 large white onion, finely chopped
3 -4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons parsley, washed, finely chopped diced
2 tablespoons cilantro, washed, finely chopped
1 teaspoon coriander seeds, ground
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, ground
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Vegetable Oil for deep-frying
Put the chickpeas in a bowl and soak in cold water overnight.
Drain the chickpeas and cover with fresh water in a pan. Bring to a boil. Boil rapidly for about 10 minutes. Reduce the heat and simmer for an hour until soft. Remove from heat and drain.
Place the chickpeas into a food processor. Add the onion, garlic, parsley,cilantro, spices and baking powder, sea salt and black pepper. Process until the mixture forms into a firm paste.
Shape the mixture into walnut-sized balls.
Place about 2 inches of vegetable oil into a deep pan and heat to 375 degrees F.
Fry the falafel in small batches until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and let drain on paper towels.
Serve warm, with a dip or sauce of your choice.
Chefs note: Sometimes I add a little finely diced jalapeno pepper just to kick it up a tad.
Also, you can make the balls a little larger, flatten them and bake them in a 400 degree oven if you do not care for fried foods. Just bake them for about 12 minutes then turn them over for another 12 minutes and they will be nice and brown on the outside and cooked through.
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